The Fame Gang (not the Kids From Fame)
“Listen – Spooky MP3″
Today’s post – as it’s a “bonus”, and I’ve got a bunch of stuff to do – will be a quick one.
I’ll start by saying that Halloween is still one of my favorite holidays. As a kid I was a big fan of monster movies, and as an adult I can still be counted on to enjoy a good piece of vampire fiction (though I’d rather watch the old Universal ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ than any of what passes for “horror” movies these days).
I’d also like to say that unlike many of my crate digging brethren, the one part of the ‘collector disease’ that I am not personally afflicted with is the need to stockpile holiday themed records. That is to say, I do not keep a separate crate just for Christmas and/or Halloween grooves. I don’t mean to infer that I do not possess a couple of scary heaters here and there, but rather that my acquisition of them and their status as Halloween artifacts is entirely coincidental. I have grabbed the odd Christmas-themed soul or funk 45 here and there, but have never really applied myself to the task. Take it from me, as compulsive a mix-maker as you’re likely to encounter at your local record fair/nerd-o-rama; I’m not sure I could cobble together a halfway decent Halloween or Christmas mix – and that’s saying a lot.
Anyway, after I decided once again that despite my slacking off in the Halloween record department I could not let the holiday pass by without commemoration of some sort, I zipped through my mental rolodex in search of an appropriate tune. When that failed (my “mental rolodex” being as cluttered and chaotic as my actual record room) I grabbed a couple of my “generic” crates of quality soul and funk (i.e. those not dedicated to a specific artist, genre or region) and pulled out today’s selection, ‘Spooky’ by the Fame Gang.
The Fame Gang, was the session band from the mighty Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. It was at Fame, under the direction of Fame-meister Rick Hall, that countless brilliant records were created in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, including many soul and funk classics. The Fame Gang was an integrated group capable of playing almost any style of music. Their own records went in a decidedly soulful direction.
Today’s selection is their cover of fellow southerners the Classics IV’s* 1968 hit ‘Spooky’. The Fame Gang lay down a groovy instrumental version, with a cool flute solo and just a dash of holiday-appropriate sound effects.
I hope you dig it.
* You might have heard one of the Classics IV’s other big hits ‘Stormy’, as its melody is currently being “borrowed’ by John Legend for his hit ‘Save Room’